Colorado Rockies: 15 players to protect in a hypothetical expansion draft

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Ryan McMahon #24 and Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies smile after a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Ryan McMahon #24 and Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies smile after a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 16, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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David Dahl of the Colorado Rockies
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JULY 05: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies reacts to a strike out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 05, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Colorado Rockies have some young, controllable outfielders worth protecting too.

4. David Dahl

David Dahl is the Rockies best outfielder entering 2020 and when he’s healthy, he plays at an All-Star level. In fact, he was an All-Star in 2019.

He’ll be first-time arbitration-eligible next offseason along with McMahon so he’s affordable, has four years of control, and he plays at a very high level.

5. Sam Hilliard

While never a top prospect, Sam Hilliard showed up on most people’s maps when he hit 35 home runs and 101 RBI for Triple-A Albuquerque in 2019. It was his first season in Albuquerque and the Rockies were impressed with him enough to call him up to the majors.

He also played well in his brief stint in the majors (27 games) but either in 2020 or 2021, Hilliard could join Dahl as one of the key figures in the Rockies outfield.

6. Yonathan Daza

Daza is the Rockies #10 prospect, per MLB.com, right behind Hilliard. Like Hilliard, he made his MLB debut in 2019 but unlike Hilliard, he struggled a bit in the majors.

However, considering how well he played at Albuquerque in 2019, he would be a good player to protect.

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